Back in April when my girlfriend and I visited Brussels, I had this idea that I would write about the trip and our experiences there differently from the sequential chronology of my Prague stories. My first instinct was to divide the trip into varying categories, by Belgian beer, food, architecture, or notable tourist spots, for […]

These next few weeks are going to be very busy. I’ll be changing residences at the beginning of May, and as I’m sure many of you know, moving is a time-consuming and stressful pain-in-the-ass. With any luck, it will all go smoothly, but until then, a lot of time will necessarily be dedicated to boxing […]

 The garden shed of my childhood was a scary place. It was pretty standard boilerplate as far as garden sheds go. All the houses in our quasi-suburban neighborhood had them positioned in some corner of the backyard. They looked like miniature barns with the slanted roofs, but were often painted white rather than the traditional […]

I walk a lot. This isn’t a particularly interesting or revealing admission, I know. When I was younger, I never paid much attention to walking because I seemed to be running all the time. As a kid, I played the usual sports – soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey – always moving at high speed. I felt […]

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          The classroom was a narrow, angular room on the top floor of the building. A horseshoe shaped arc of desks covered the circumference of the room. The desks were those hybrid combinations of table and chair, consisting of metal and molded hard plastic, in order to save space. The table top could be folded […]

I can’t recall the number of times I’ve been lost in the last few years. But in a foreign city, especially one as labyrinthine and medieval as Prague, it seemed to happen all the time, especially in the early going. This wasn’t a big issue out in Stodůlky because there wasn’t much out there to […]

So, where have I been? Home.             That’s a bit of a loaded question, I admit. I let this blog go idle during the holiday season because my girlfriend and I took a nearly three-week trip to the U.S.A. to visit my family and friends. It was long overdue, considering the last time I had […]

Dear Reader, I don’t want to lie to you. During my time in the Czech Republic, I spent a fair amount of time in pubs. To those who know me personally, this is perhaps not a particularly surprising admission. And yet, despite my affinity for the occasional consumption of an alcoholic beverage or two, I […]

            Full disclosure: I have started to read Keith Richard’s autobiography “Life.” So forgive me if I start to inadvertently mimic his voice and style either during this entry or subsequent others. I don’t think I’ll ever write like a “hipster pirate” as one of the blurbs suggests, but you can never be too careful […]